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Gary LeRoy Laws obituary

Published on August 31, 2017 12:01AM

Gary Laws

Gary Laws

Cannon Beach

June 30, 1939 — Aug. 25, 2017

Gary LeRoy Laws was born in Portland, Oregon, to Burrage and Doris Laws on July 30, 1939. He moved to Seaside at the age of 6, where he attended school and went on to be a student at the University of Oregon. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Ordway, in 1958.

Gary began his lifelong meat-cutting career at Safeway in Tillamook, then moved to Seaside where he purchased the Ocean Vista Meat Market and set meat cases in small grocery stores throughout town. His meat-cutting vocation continued at Reed and Hertig, and concluded at Safeway in Seaside in 1988.

Gary honorably served in the Oregon National Guard, Seaside Fire Department, Seaside Kids, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was an avid sports fan.

Gary loved supporting his four children in their school and after-school athletics and activities. He rooted for his mighty Oregon Ducks, the Trailblazers, Seahawks, Mariners, and was even known to lend the Oregon State Beavers his occasional support. Gary was an accomplished woodworker who constructed a few local houses for resale.

In 1987 Gary and Marlene moved to Tolovana Park, where Gary assembled an elaborate workshop for building custom furniture, toys and supplying crafts for their in-home gift shop “Country Giving,” which they operated until full retirement in 2005. They then moved to Cannon Beach.

He loved the outdoors, was an active hunter, liked to travel, and was known as a very kind and compassionate person who loved his family, friends and pets. He was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and an active member of the Cannon Beach Community Church, where a celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow.

Gary is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughters Suzy Rotunna and Pam Forster; twin sons Troy Laws (wife Debbie) and Todd Laws (wife Cheryl); grandchildren Sean Forster, Kiley Laws, Nick Forster, Kathryn Laws, Caleb Laws, Conor Laws and Mia Rotunna; nephews Randy and Mike Laws; and nieces Neisa Stahly and Trina Sleeman.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Burrage, Doris and stepmother Margaret Laws; brothers Bill, Darrel and Ron; sister Shirley; and his nephew Scotty.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Cannon Beach Community Church. A guest book is available online at


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